Batavia Revisited, New York (Images of America Series)

Overview


Batavia's origins can be traced back to 1801 when Joseph Ellicott, surveyor and land agent for the Holland Land Company, laid out the town's principal thoroughfares. As Batavia grew, it became incorporated as a village in 1823 and as a city in 1915. Over the years, the face of the community has undergone many changes. Mansions were built along Main Street and then largely disappeared. A number of major factories sprang up but later failed or the businesses moved on. The retail center moved out of the city's ...
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Overview


Batavia's origins can be traced back to 1801 when Joseph Ellicott, surveyor and land agent for the Holland Land Company, laid out the town's principal thoroughfares. As Batavia grew, it became incorporated as a village in 1823 and as a city in 1915. Over the years, the face of the community has undergone many changes. Mansions were built along Main Street and then largely disappeared. A number of major factories sprang up but later failed or the businesses moved on. The retail center moved out of the city's downtown and into the surrounding town of Batavia. Urban renewal dramatically altered the core of the city, as large areas were leveled and then rebuilt or turned into parking lots. Railroad tracks that ran through the center of the community were moved to its periphery. Traffic patterns changed as new bridges were built across Tonawanda Creek. This book documents these and other changes that occurred during the last 200 years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738574042
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,382,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Larry D. Barnes, professor emeritus of Genesee Community College, is Batavia's city historian. He is past president of the Genesee County Landmark Society and currently serves on the Batavia Historic Preservation Commission. Images for this book have been taken from Genesee County History Department archives and several other local sources.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Evolving Community 11

2 Moving the Railroad Tracks 41

3 Building the Oak Street Bridge 49

4 Urban Renewal and Batavia 57

5 Landmark Preservation 87

6 Monuments and Other Public Art 105

7 Prominent Batavians of the Past 117

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